Millgate - Aylsham

Millgate is a book about the history of a district of the town of Aylsham lying down by the river Bure. It brings together research undertaken by a number of members of the Aylsham Local History Society.

The introduction by local history specialist Christopher Barringer tells us that, "Millgate is the road which links the core of Aylsham around the market place with the water mill on the river Bure. The opening of the Bure Navigation in 1779 linked Aylsham by canal and river with Yarmouth and the Broadland river system. The development led to the rapid growth of new occupations such as wherryman and the boat builder, and also increased the outlets for the malting trade in Aylsham. This in turn led to families such as the Spurells and Parmeters becoming important members of the Aylsham community."

These resources add to the material contained in the book.

Aspect 1: Millgate Locations

This page is a map to show this district of Aylsham with a small database of places mentioned in the book Millgate, to indicate their positions as plotted on a map or on a satellite image.

Aspect 2 and Aspect 3 are based around the census records for the Millgate and Dunkirk area for 1861.

Aspect 2: Millgate & Dunkirk Census Data 1861

Aspect 2 provides an introduction to the census used. An extract from the full Aylsham census records provides the reader with a taste. The full set is also available for those that want to explore further.

Aspect 3: Millgate & Dunkirk Census Analysis

Aspect 3 uses same sub-set of data in Aspect 2. With the software tools provided you can search, sort and analyse the information. The tools use Java code in your browser. If you don't have it in your browser, a message will come up to help you load it.

Aspect 4: Mills & Pumps

At the core of the Millgate area is Aylsham water mill. Wind and water mills and pumps played a very important part in the development of East Anglia from an agricultural and economic point of view. This aspect links to our database of wind mills and pumps; it is not a comprehensive listing but features are being added steadily and the page provides other links concerning these fascinating buildings.